"Don't rush your gundog training, progress in tiny increments and keep exercises fresh and exciting."

Ben Randall, Field Editor

Gundog breeds

A closer look at the many working breeds to help you choose the right dog for you...

Labrador retriever

We take a closer look at Britain's most popular gundog...
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English springer spaniel

We take a look at the UK’s third most popular gundog...
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In the field

Exclusive interviews, unforgettable experiences and fascinating gundog history...

A history of picking-up

Up until the 1920s, picking-up was always carried out...
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Dogs that track deer

How prepared are you for when things don’t quite go as...
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Instruction & training

Expert gundog training tips and advice from some of the most respected handlers...

Training a young labrador retriever – part 1

Gundog expert Jayne Coley summarises the early training...
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Choosing the right breed of gundog

When considering which gundog breed is best for you, follow...
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Minority Report

The creation of the new Working Minority Retriever Club provides due recognition and opportunity for...
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My Dog of a Lifetime

Joanne Perrott - Founder of the Ladies Working Dog Group tells us about her dog of a lifetime....
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Wildfowling Dogs

When it comes to wildfowling having a dog is just as important as having a gun for Tom Sykes, and he...
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Gundog Journal


Do you want to know how to avoid making some embarrassing mistakes with your gundogs this shooting season? In this issue Gundog Journal’s training guru Ben Randall identifies seven common sins of the season, and more importantly how to avoid committing them.

For owners of the HPR breeds the ultimate thrill is when the dog achieves the triple crown of the hunt, point and retrieve, particularly on grouse. This is the partnership of human and canine working in perfect harmony to harvest a wild game bird for a delicious dinner. So it was a great pleasure or us to join a team of German wirehaired pointer enthusiasts on a stunning Derbyshire grouse moor and bring you their story.

The days of Barbara Woodhouse dictating terms to her dogs in front of millions of television viewers in the 1970s and ‘80s seem like the dark ages to modern gundog owners. In this issue Anthea Shelley chronicles the sea change in training methods since then. In general we have moved from enforcement and dominance to a much softer collaborative approach, something which Ben Randall also talks about in his account of winning the Cocker Championship two years in a row.


Don’t miss this issue


  • The ultimate Christmas gift guide for dogs and owners
  • How to care for your dogs properly on shoot day
  • Puppy prices – your thoughts on the matter
  • The story of the Labrador
  • Does breeding the best to the best actually work?
  • How not to poison the dogs this festive period
  • Why your marking needs to be as good as your dog’s
  • Expert advice on all things training
  • The newest recruit to the Kennel Club gundog group
  • Is artificial insemination the future of breeding?

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